I have owned this Saw for 2 years now. I purchased it along side my 580BTS Backpack Blower.
As others have stated it does have some trouble starting but its a chainsaw. I have never own a chainsaw that was easy to start. They are just not designed to idle, they are designed to be run at full throttle and under a load.
It does sling ALOT of oil during cutting. I do run out of oil before I run out of fuel but i have learned when I need to stop cutting and check my fluids so there is no real issue here. Id rather have too much oil than too little.
Other than the statements above I have had no issues with this saw in my 2 years of use and it gets a decent workout. When my Outdoor wood boiler gets installed this summer I will purchased a commercial saw that is made to handle larger trees and daily use.
Also this saw is the lowest model that Husqvarna offers and it is meant for small jobs and limb cutting on occasion, not falling 18" diameter 40' tall oak trees everyday. Research what you are purchasing and make sure your needs are covered before you blame the manufacturer for your "impulse" purchase.
May 25, 2014
i bougth this chainsaw yesterday and the entired day works really nice, and slow starting but today i cut some pieces of wood and turning of for lunch, later, i start the cainsaw and its 6 hours later and it didnt start jet
thats really bad and I,m a wood caver and this size of chains are really great, bad starting problems is a really big mistake
March 23, 2014
Sent back twice
This engine will not start, I have it back in the shop twice. Wish it came with a return or a refund.
March 20, 2014
Regreting this purchase
I bought this on an impulse since I was looking for a small saw to cut brush with and have had great performance from other Husqvarna products. It worked great for the 1st 10 minutes of running. Then it quit and hasn't run since. I've drained and refreashed gas, pumped, pulled, yanked and cussed. It will sputter along for a minute or 2 but give it gas and it dies. Makes for an expensive door stop.
March 19, 2014
after 4 trees cut up
everything works as should after 4 trees cut up. The oiler runs a little heavy, to the point where you'll run out of bar oil before gas. This may be something that will slow with a little wear, I hope so. But i'd rather have too much oil than not enough....The anti vibe stuff is slightly over engineered, allowing the saw to buck some when initial contact is made. I'd personally prefer less movement.
February 26, 2014
Piece of junk
Started good the first time but would not keep running after it warmed up. Let it cool down and it would start again but stop when it warmed up. Returned it to Lowes and went to a local garden shop and bought a Stihl. What a difference. Was told that the low end Husqvarna are made by Poulan.
January 26, 2014
I bought this saw because it was a Husqvarna. From years of cutting trees and stocking up for winter with my father and his large 455 rancher, I figured this saw would be a great saw for me. I have a smaller house and cut about a quarter of what he does. I regret buying this saw because it lacks power, shuts off constantly, and does not start up easily.(And yes I do maintain and service my saws)
To make matters worse I was cutting a small maybe 12" diameter tree in my yard with my grandfather who brought over his cheap electric chainsaw ($67 brand new). He figured 2 saws are better than one and he could use his to cut the small branches. After slow cutting, numerous shut offs and trouble restarting he basically took over the bigger stock and I went to get my skill saw. This was embarrassing. Since day one this saw has disappointed me.
I have lost faith in Husqvarna chainsaws ever since they started selling cheaper quality products at big box stores. There was a time when these saws were top notch and shared the thrown with STIHL, but I am beginning to think otherwise lately.
December 13, 2013
Light and Nimble
After using this saw for about a month it is really handy for trim work. Of course it doesn't have the power of the old 51 or 353 but has its place in the family of saws. The other two do the heavy jobs. I cut a couple of loads of red and white oak with it and it does well for the limb wood.
December 12, 2013